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Analytical Approaches to Predict Pile Settlement in London Clay

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainability Issues for the Deep Foundations
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2nd GeoMEast International Congress and Exhibition on Sustainable Civil Infrastructures, Egypt 2018 – The Official International Congress of the Soil-Structure Interaction Group in Egypt (SSIGE)
EditorsHesham El-Naggar, Khalid Abdel-Rahman, Bengt Fellenius, Hany Shehata
Publisher or commissioning bodySpringer, Cham
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9783030019020
ISBN (Print)9783030019013
DateAccepted/In press - 11 Jul 2018
DateE-pub ahead of print - 30 Oct 2018
DatePublished (current) - 2019

Publication series

NameSustainable Civil Infrastructures
PublisherSpringer, Cham
ISSN (Print)2366-3405


Projects involving construction of piled foundations often rely on preliminary full-scale field tests to failure to predict performance under applied load. If these tests are not available, the ensuing uncertainty will naturally lead to conservative design assumptions. Such design assumptions will result in higher construction costs and often in longer construction times. This paper shows how a database of previous pile load tests can be used in conjunction with simple analytical tools to attempt a quantification of performance uncertainty. Data from a series of previously published axial load tests on piles in London Clay is employed to this end. The methodology developed in this paper can arguably be expanded to a wider range of test sites and geological materials.



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